Johnna Mernick, MT-BC is an adjunct professor in the Music Therapy Department, where she teaches Clinical Music Skills and Music Therapy Repertoire. An alumna of Duquesne's Music Therapy program, Ms. Mernick completed her coursework in 2014 and earned her degree in 2015. She graduated summa cum laude, earned the Robert Egan Award for Academic Excellence, and became board-certified later that year.

After completing her internship in Connecticut, Ms. Mernick returned to Pittsburgh in 2016, where she began working full-time in mental health and took on several private music therapy clients. In 2017, Ms. Mernick was hired as a full-time music therapist at Merakey Allegheny Valley School (AVS) in Coraopolis, PA as part of a day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She works with clients in group and individual settings toward improving skills in a variety of areas such as motor development, cognition, and communication. Ms. Mernick also collaborates with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to design special educational and therapeutic events for AVS, and serves as a member of the Employee Focus Group.

Additionally, she continues to work as a private contract music therapist, as well as a professional singer - and can often be found singing for weddings, funerals, and masses in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.


  • B.S., Duquesne University
  • B.M., Duquesne University

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